texteurocommand for accessing the symbol, which selects a symbol to match the surrounding text. The design of the symbol in the TC fonts is not universally loved… Nevertheless, use the TC font version of the symbol if you are producing documents using Knuth’s Computer Modern Fonts. The each of the latin9 and latin10 input encoding definitions for the inputenc package has a euro character defined (character position 164, occupied in other ISO Latin character sets by the “currency symbol” ¤, which ordinary people seldom see except in character-set listings…). The TC encoding file offers the command
texteurofor the character; that command is (probably) only available from the textcomp package. Use of the TC encoding character may therefore made via
texteuroor via the Latin-9 or Latin-10 character in ordinary text. Note that there is a Microsoft code page position (128), too, and that has been added to inputenc tables for CP1252 and CP1257. (There’s another position in CP858, which has it in place of “dotless i” in CP850; the standardisation of these things remains within Microsoft, so one can never tell what will come next…) Outline fonts which contain nothing but Euro symbols are available (free) from Adobe — the file is packaged as a Windows self-extracting executable, but it may be decoded as a
.zipformat archive on other operating systems. The euro bundle contains metrics, dvips map files, and macros (for Plain TeX and LaTeX), for using these fonts in documents. LaTeX users will find two packages in the bundle: eurosans only offers the sans-serif version (to conform with the obsolete ruling about sans-serif-only symbols; the package provides the command
euro), whereas europs matches the Euro symbol with the surrounding text (providing the command
EUR). To use either package with the latin9 encoding, you need to define
texteuroas an alias for the euro command the package defines. The Adobe fonts are probably the best bet for use in non-Computer Modern environments. They are apparently designed to fit with Adobe Times, Helvetica and Courier, but can probably fit with a wider range of modern fonts. The eurofont package provides a compendious analysis of the “problem of the euro symbol” in its documentation, and offers macros for configuring the source of the glyphs to be used; however, it seems rather large for everyday use. The euro-ce bundle is a rather pleasing Metafont-only design providing Euro symbols in a number of shapes. The file euro-ce.tex, in the distribution, offers hints as to how a Plain TeX user might make use of the fonts. Euro symbols are found in several other places, which we list here for completeness. The marvosym font contains a Euro symbol (in a number of typographic styles), among many other good things; the font is available in both Adobe Type 1 and TrueType formats. Other Metafont-based bundles containing Euro symbols are to be found in china2e (whose primary aim is Chinese dates and suchlike matters) and the eurosym fonts.
This answer last edited: 2011-11-21
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